CSU Academic Programs

Reading (MS)

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We believe that schools should be a major venue for elevating and responding to society‚Äôs literacy issues and concerns. Therefore, we believe that all teachers should be teachers of reading as schools address the unprecedented literacy expectations and demands. 

The purpose of this program is to prepare professionals who would be contributors of new knowledge about reading, reading specialists, reading resource teachers or literacy coaches. Graduates would have theoretical, practical, technical and experiential knowledge that would support programmatic and pedagogical decisions. The mission is to provide students with knowledge, skills and experiences that would empower and energize them as activists and advocates for urban learners.

The foundation of this thirty-nine (39) hour program includes a core of courses with work in psychology, human development and sociolinguistics. This foundation supports six (6) professional courses in reading, two action research courses and a capstone course, Internship in Urban Literacy, which rounds out the experience. The elevation of literacy to national and state prominence is an investment in the foundation of all education. To accomplish this goal, we believe that those who would teach any subject, at any level, should know the profound effects of literacy. Therefore, we welcome you as you join others who believe in the transforming power of reading and who have decided to advance literacy in places of teaching and learning.


Graduates of this program receive certification from the Maryland State Department of Education.

Core Courses
EDUC 537 Developmental Bases of Behavior
SPED 587 Teaching Learners with Exceptionalities in the Regular Classroom
CUIN 690 Collaborative Action Research Part I
CUIN 691 Collaborative Action Research Part II
PSYC 529 Seminar in Human Growth and Development
Professional Courses
REED 501 Teaching Reading in the Content Area I
REED 502 Teaching Reading in the Content Area II
REED 504 Processes and Acquisition of Reading Skills
REED 505 Strategies and Materials for Reading

REED 508 Reading and Literacy Instruction in Early Childhood/Elementary Grades
REED 603 Diagnostic Teaching of Reading
REED 606

Internship in Urban Literacy 

(Capstone Course) 


Applicants must:

  1. Be certified teachers. Provide official documentation.
  2. Apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
  3. Apply to the Master of Science in Reading Program.
  4. Submit official scores from either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT  45) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE 800).
  5. Have a cGPA of 3.0 or better (may consider applicants with a cGPA of 2.5- 2.9).
  6. Have three current letters of recommendation.
  7. Have had three (3) years of successful teaching and provide official documentation.

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